August 2013 Blog Posts (13)

Barry’s Blog # 70: Obama’s War on Syria

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike. – Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, August 28th  _ This week’s act: Chemical warfare, more familiar to…


Added by Barry Spector on August 28, 2013 at 3:33pm — No Comments

There Will Be Blood

“You already feel the fist of the iron one on your back. This is the beginning of the way. If blood, fire, and the cry of distress fill this world, then you will recognize yourself in your acts: Drink your fill of the bloody atrocities of the war, feast upon the killing and destruction, then your eyes will…


Added by Skip Conover on August 28, 2013 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Meanings of The Matrix

Wondering if any members are as intrigued by the symbolism of the Matrix films? Struck me as very much in the mode of a hero myth, especially the archetypal features of the characters Neo, Trinity, Morpheus and The Oracle, as well as the challenges and transformations that take place throughout the narrative. Here's a post I did recently - glad to hear of further or different ideas and if there are any other Matrix fans (or Dune for that matter, another source of intrigue!). Thank you for…


Added by Roberta McDonnell on August 26, 2013 at 3:13pm — No Comments



By Barbara Smith Stoff

I am writing this today, July 25, 2013, upon the anniversary of what was termed in the hospital  “ a massive stroke.”…


Added by Barbara Smith Stoff on August 26, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Trauma---Shattered Mind, Soul Possessed!

Trauma shatters mind. You turn against yourself. The world feels hostile, frightening. "The Core of 'Mind and Cosmos' ", a recent New York Times article by Thomas Nagel (2013.08.18) makes the case for mind, what depth psychologists call soul, as intimate to nature. William James wrote of God as intimate soul.  Intimate soul, intimate God, intimate Nature symbolize the reality of that which is immense and yet nearest and dearest. Nagel states that mind transcends empirical…


Added by Paul DeBlassie III on August 25, 2013 at 9:01am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 69: The Con Man: An American Archetype, Part Two

A recent list of the “Top 10 Famous Con Men” (, includes  the inventor of the “Ponzi Scheme.” But interestingly, this list includes neither politicians, nor corporate CEOs, nor preachers.

Studies indicate that many corporate CEOs have many of the personality characteristics of psychopaths. Alan Deutschman (“Is Your Boss a Psychopath?” Fast Company, July,…


Added by Barry Spector on August 21, 2013 at 5:14pm — 1 Comment

Barry’s Blog # 68: The Con Man: An American Archetype, Part One


Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool. – Mark Twain

This is America. If you’re not a winner it’s your own fault.  – Jerry Falwell

Don’t you get the idea I’m one of those goddamn radicals. Don’t get the idea I’m knocking the American system.  – Al Capone

America’s creation myth sings of people who came to an empty land seeking freedom, charged with a…


Added by Barry Spector on August 15, 2013 at 6:47pm — 2 Comments

Trauma, Demon Dis, and Soul!

Hot off the press, Trauma and the Soul, by my friend and colleague, Donald Kalsched, Ph.D., delves into trauma, the soul, and the demon Dis. I think I'm going to contemplate this area for a while on this blog. In particular, today, I am drawn to the body as container of repressed pain and trauma. Kalsched explores the myth of the god Dis, the penultimate demon of negation, the one who divides body from soul during trauma.

People who have been…


Added by Paul DeBlassie III on August 15, 2013 at 11:25am — No Comments

The royal baby & a nation's psyche

Have you seen this 3 minute clip of Prince William and Catherine presenting their newborn baby to the world?

To my mind, two extremely privileged people have had a child. All being well, little Prince George will one day be king. That's it; I'm quite neutral about it. So I must admit to feeling shocked by the reaction of the…


Added by Esther Waldron on August 6, 2013 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Instinctual Ways of Knowing

25 years ago I critically injured my spinal cord in a head-on collision on a rural highway in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I could tell that I’d broken something in my back, and I had no feeling or movement below the waist. I was subsequently airlifted to one of the best spinal trauma units in the country, where the doctors gave me less than 5% chance of walking again.…


Added by Kim Hermanson, Ph.D. on August 4, 2013 at 7:36pm — 2 Comments

Religious Trauma, Brain, and Soul!

A neuroscientist and I got caught in a conversation while in a NY elevator. He talked about his work with the brain and wanted to know what I did in treating survivors of religious abuse. We got into the story of The Unholy and how religious trauma effects not only the brain but the deepest recesses of soul. It didn't strike him as odd that I'd emphasize this; but, it did hit him hard, though, that he'd never…


Added by Paul DeBlassie III on August 4, 2013 at 9:23am — 2 Comments

Depression, Spirituality, and Addiction: The Search for Meaning

The Addiction Complex - Depression Spirituality and Addiction: The Search for Meaning


I came across a statement by Sorajjakool, et. al. (2008) which inspired me to look at the interplay between depression, spirituality, and addiction:




Added by Erik J. Welsh, PhD on August 3, 2013 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 66: Gatekeepers, Provocations and Cover-Ups

Robert Stinnett’s book Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor( is a stunning deconstruction of one of our…


Added by Barry Spector on August 1, 2013 at 6:37pm — No Comments

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